A U.S. Navy ship anchored at Israel's Haifa port. Photo: Jack Guez / AFP via Getty Images

"Russian ships are skulking around underwater communications cables, causing the U.S. and its allies to worry the Kremlin might be taking information warfare to new depths," AP's Deb Riechmann reports.

The gritty details: "U.S. and Western officials are increasingly troubled by their rival's interest in the 400 fiber-optic cables that carry most of world's calls, emails and texts, as well as $10 trillion worth of daily financial transactions."

  • Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of the U.S. European Command, told Congress: "We've seen activity in the Russian navy ... that we haven't seen since the '80s."
  • Some possible explanations: "Is Moscow interested in cutting or tapping the cables? Does it want the West to worry it might?"
  • Michael Kofman, a Russian military expert at nonprofit research group CNA Corp., said the Russians "are doing their homework and, in the event of a crisis or conflict with them, they might do rotten things to us."

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Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence

Roger Stone arriving at his sentencing hearing on Feb. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump on Friday evening commuted the sentence of his longtime associate Roger Stone, according to two senior administration officials. Stone in February was sentenced to 40 months in prison for crimes including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress.

Why it matters: The controversial move brings an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars. He had been scheduled to report to prison on July 14.

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